Horse Science and Management

  • Three students - two two-legged, one four-legged - pose for a picture at the barn.

  • Offsite Program

    This course is certified by
    New York State

    This course will teach students the skills and knowledge necessary to care for horses. Students will learn how to properly feed, handle, and manage different breeds of horses using all the equipment and tools required to manage a horse facility. They will also gain an understanding of the basic science, behavior, and proper nutrition of horses.

    Students Will Develop Skills In:

    • Cleaning and maintenance of riding equipment 
    • Feeding and grooming 
    • Riding for exercise and training 
    • Diagnosis and administration of first aid for common injuries and ailments 
    • Stable and horse farm management 
    Career Opportunities
    With more than 100 horse farms located in Nassau and Suffolk counties — and the significant use of horses for show, racing, and leisure riding on Long Island— the need for well-trained personnel is growing at racetracks, breeding farms and riding stables.
  • There is also a demand for trained professionals in veterinary offices locally, nationally and internationally.

    Students who complete this program may find employment in a variety of settings that require equestrian skills.  Many graduates pursue further education in equine science, veterinary assisting, animal science, veterinary technology or veterinary science. Typical job titles in this field include Assistant Trainer, Breeding Farm Assistant Manager, Race Horse Groomer, Exercise Rider, Show Stable Employee, Veterinary Assistant and Veterinarian.
    College Agreements
    Upon completion of this course, students may receive college credits subject to the entrance requirements of each institution and any additional criteria that may have been established. Current college agreements include:
    • SUNY Cobleskill 
    • SUNY Delhi 
    • LIU Post
  • A happy student sitting on a horse

     Three girls Walking a Horse

    Work Experience Opportunities
    Students who meet all eligibility requirements may participate in supervised, real-world, work-based learning offerings that include clinics, shadow days, internships, or paid Co-Op experiences at workplace sites such as:
    • Horseability
    • North Shore Equestrian Center
    • North Shore Saddlery
    • Pal-O-Mine

  • Course available: Grades 11–12
    Course length: 2 years
    Placement: Regular
    Credits: Up to 4 CTE credits a year
    Admissions criteria: Strong science, math, and reading skills.  Moderate physical demands.
    Earning high school credits: Students completing this 2-year course may receive up to 8 CTE credits OR distributed credits using any or all of the following: 

    0.5 credit   Career and Financial Management
    1.0 credit   Math–Specialized
    1.0 credit   English
    1.0 credit   Science

    Note: Horse Science and Management is taught at a separate, fully-equipped facility dedicated to this course. The North Shore Equestrian Center is located on Long Island University’s/C.W. Post Campus, 720 Northern Boulevard (Route 25A), Brookville, NY 11548. For directions and a map, please visit and click the Locations/Directions link in the menu.

    This course is certified by
    New York State


Natural and Agricultural Sciences

Barry Tech Guidance Office

  • Barry Tech Guidance Office

    Monday - Friday 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

    (516) 622-6812/6814